The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary
One of Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.A cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a “godsend” by Seamus Heaney and a “masterpiece” by Robert Fagles. Alter’s The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary illuminates the obscurities of the text.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deusvitae - LibraryThing
Alter, famous for his explications on Biblical narrative and poetry, translates the Psalms and provides translation notes. He attempts to present the structure of Hebrew parallelism as effectively as ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KCummingsPipes - LibraryThing
I sampled this book on my Kindle and read the introduction there before I put the book itself on my list. For reading the psalms, I found this one of those rare instances where the Kindle just didn't ... Read full review